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November 7, 2019
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November 7, 2019
Kent-based female entrepreneur, Jackie Redmill, Founder and Director of 1st Scenic Windows and Doors, started her venture into double glazing back in 2003. Since then, 1st Scenic has worked on hundreds of projects across Kent, Surrey, London and beyond. Jackie continues to nurture her company as they go from strength to strength with the help of only a very small team around her. 1st Scenic has been loyal members of Checkatrade since they opened shop and have recently renewed their membership with us for another year. Jackie shares her secrets of success and her tips to prospering in such a male-dominated environment for so long.
After many years working with another window company, Jackie decided she wanted to start up her own venture where she could be her own boss and pursue her own path in the double glazing world. So, once 1st Scenic had filed to become a limited company, nothing was stopping her! Jackie adds
“Originally, there were only three of us in the team and the jobs we took on tended to be quite small and mainly domestic. But, through a mixture of organic growth, hard work and sheer determination, we are now able to take on much larger, specialist jobs with clients throughout the South-East. We have a small but efficient administrative team which allows us to keep our overheads significantly lower than national brands, and we pass these savings onto our customers. Our reputation for quality, high standards and exceptional value is why our core business is mainly through referrals.”
The biggest job that Jackie and her team have taken on to date is ‘The Hollies’ in Sidcup (back in 2017). The Hollies was originally a Barnardo Home that has now been converted into flats. 1st Scenic was required to install windows for all three blocks. The project was challenging as the building is listed, so there were lots of planning meetings to ensure everything met the necessary requirements and regulations. The 1st Scenic team completed the project in just six weeks.
Women who work in male-dominated environments often face challenges that differ from those who work in more gender-balanced and female-dominated occupations. This does not seem to have been an issue for Jackie at all, and she adds “I’m not easily offended. I’m honest, and I tell it how it is! I’ve never been a “yes” woman. I’ve always stood up for the projects that I want us to work on and push back at other times when we don’t have the capacity. If I could offer any advice to anyone trying to succeed in business, it would be;
“Know your facts. Never underestimate the power of simply being prepared and knowledgeable. Use underestimation as your edge. Sometimes, standing out from the rest of the group puts you in the driver seat, it draws attention to you, which in turn gives you a platform to speak – so know your facts and become the force.”
To say the firm has flourished over the past 16 years is an understatement. With over 90 years of experience between them, 1st Scenic has established itself as a very well-respected small business in Kent. What’s the secret?
“We treat each install/house as though our own”
replies Jackie, adding
“We are not just about providing a great product or service, but about transforming a home and enhancing a living space”.
Jackie is an inspirational role model to small business owners, and all those wanting to crack down on the gender stereotypes. Visit Jackie’s website to find out more.
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